Hamilton heads opening Canada session

By on Friday, June 10, 2016
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Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton led the way as Formula 1 action resumed at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday.

Hamilton clocked a time of 1:14.755 on the Super Soft tyres during the opening 90-minute practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix to finish 0.331s clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg, whose best lap came on the purple-banded Ultra Soft tyre, was a couple of tenths quicker than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who placed third.

Max Verstappen was fourth for Red Bull, with Kimi Räikkönen fifth for Ferrari, as Williams’ Valtteri Bottas finished sixth.

Force India placed seventh and ninth courtesy of Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez, the pair split by Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr.

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were 10th and 12th for McLaren, the Briton encountering an oil leak which impacted his session.

Button returned to the circuit during the closing minutes amid a plume of smoke but toured around slowly before recovering to the pit lane.

The McLaren drivers sandwiched Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, with Romain Grosjean the lead Haas driver in 13th spot.

Felipe Massa was 14th for Williams but suffered a sizeable accident at the first corner.

Massa brought out the red flags 25 minutes into the session when the DRS on his Williams FW38 did not fully close under braking for Turn 1.

The rear end snapped around and Massa spun backwards into the barriers, causing the session to be halted as marshals recovered his stricken car.

It marked the second successive weekend in which Massa has crashed out of the opening session.

Daniil Kvyat was 15th for Toro Rosso, ahead of Haas’ Esteban Gutiérrez and Sauber racer Felipe Nasr.

Rio Haryanto placed 18th on his first visit to the circuit with Manor, in front of Marcus Ericsson and Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, who had two off-track excursions.

Rookies Pascal Wehrlein and Jolyon Palmer completed the runners for Manor and Renault respectively.

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